Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy has signed a new contract international with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Leinster that will keep him with the club for a further two seasons until 2014.
D’Arcy has had a glittering career for both province and country, winning his first piece of silverware with Leinster in 2001 as part of the side that won the Celtic League.
He made his debut for Leinster in 1998 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for his home province.
He made his debut for Ireland as a 19 year old in the Rugby World Cup in 1999, playing on the wing against Romania. He moved successfully to the centre for Ireland and Leinster in 2004, winning a triple crown with Ireland and it was a move which saw his representative career for Ireland accelerate to the point where he has become the second most capped centre in Irish history, behind his longtime playing partner Brian O’Driscoll.
He represented Ireland in a further two Rugby World Cups, in 2007 and the recent tournament in New Zealand and was an integral part of the Ireland team that won the RBS Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam in 2009. That same year he won his first Heineken Cup with Leinster and was part of the side that again won the trophy in 2011.
He has also represented the British and Irish Lions on two tours, to New Zealand in 2005 and to South Africa in 2009.
Commenting on the announcement, IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: “Gordon is a wonderful servant for both Ireland and Leinster and this is proof of his undoubted talent that was indentified at a very early age.
Leinster Coach Joe Schmidt added: "Gordon is a born and bred Leinster man and since his debut in 1998 he has been a highly consistent performer for Leinster. His competitiveness and ability have had added huge value both on and off the field. "